Structuring a Microcomputer Based Pavement Management System to Enhance the Probability of Adoption and Continued Use

by Roger E. Smith, Texas A&M Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation III


Diffusion of innovation concepts were used to help structure a microcomputer based pavement management system (PMS) for use by local agency public works personnel in the San Francisco Bay Area. By concentrating on factors which enhance the likelihood of adoption, and by working closely with a group of local agency public works personnel, the pavement management system was developed in a manner which made it more adoptable to its target audience. The study upon which this work is based was supported by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Oakland, California, which is the transportation planning agency for the 105 cities and counties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, over thirty agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area have adopted the system and are using it to manage their pavement networks.

Subject Headings: Systems management | Pavements | Coastal management | Computing in civil engineering | Probability | Aging (material) | Bays | Computer networks | San Francisco Bay Area | California | United States

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